We bet you haven’t seen an electric car do a burnout, right? And even if you did, it was likely a high-end model like a powerful Tesla, not a small crossover designed not to burn a giant hole in your pocket like the Hyundai Kona Electric.
The burnout wasn’t actually intended; it just happened during a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration test with the traction control switched off.
Put together by PDriveTV on YouTube, it was part of a performance testing session, which included the recording of the 0-60 km/h (0-37 mph), 60-110 km/h (37-68 mph), 1/8-mile and 1/4-mile runs. It also saw the Kona Electric braking hard from 100 km/h (62 mph), and we have to say that it obtained some very solid numbers, especially with the traction control left on.
Τhat’s due to the electric motor that produces 201 horsepower (204 PS / 150 kW) and 291 pound-feet (395 Nm) of torque. There’s no delay in delivering the power, which is why the Kona Electric is quicker than some old hot hatches, needing only 7.6 seconds for the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run and maxing out at 104 mph (167 km/h).
Measured in the WLTP standard, the driving range is up to 279 miles (449 km). The 64 kWh battery is mounted under the boot floor and can be fully charged in 9 hours and 35 minutes from a household socket. It also supports DC fast-charging, so it can be filled from 0 to 80 percent in less than an hour.